- May 11, 2021
When religion is “instrumentalized or politicized for vested interests,” the cause of peace is put “in jeopardy,” an Indian archbishop has told a forum on religious liberty in the Asia-Pacific region.
Watching what’s happening in his country today, Archbishop Felix Machado of Vasai, India, believes the need for real conversation with the Hindu majority is more urgent than ever.
In the Diocese of Vasai of India, more than 200 people are expected to be received into the Church through baptism.
We need urgently to reconcile ourselves with God, fellow human beings and with nature, according to the head of the Jesuit order, who is currently on a pastoral visit to India.
Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, although not attending the Human Fraternity Meeting, sent a message to the conference condemning using religion as a basis for violence.
Pope Francis will “encourage the Catholics throughout the world to continue to put into practice the teachings of the Church regarding dialogue with Muslims” when he visits the United Arab Emirates, according to one expert on interreligious dialogue.
Archbishop Felix Machado of Vasai spent the Feast of the Holy Innocents visiting a care home for the disabled.
Indian Archbishop Felix Machado warned about being prejudiced against interreligious marriages, stating that although such marriages are not ideal, Catholics should note where Pope Francis says people should not be trapped in lamenting the situation a couple find themselves but remember that for all a family’s problems, it can always grow, “beginning with love.”